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Webinar: “Advancing Inclusion – Careers in Philanthropy for Professionals with Disabilities”

Featuring Special Guests James Emmett, Lead Strategist, Workplace Initiative, Poses Family Foundation and Meg O’Connell, PHR, CEO & Founder, Global Disability Inclusion

DATE: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
TIME: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT
DURATION: 1 hour

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 7th at 1:30pm ET for this unique and informative webinar. Our speakers are two innovators, thought leaders and subject matter experts when it comes to jobs for people with disabilities. Their topic? Expanding careers in philanthropy for professionals with disabilities.

Philanthropists have a tremendous opportunity to fight implicit bias and failed systems, as well as to enable millions of people with disabilities to have a better future. However, the professionals working in the field often lack the lived experience necessary to be fully inclusive and empower marginalized people.

As such, this webinar will reflect on key practices needed to empower people with disabilities to revolutionize the field of philanthropy.

As a “Nothing About Us, Without Us” organization, RespectAbility is deeply committed to seeing the disability lens added to all philanthropic work. That is why we have created a toolkit with practical resources to help philanthropists, non-profits and non-profit boards to embrace people with disabilities.

That process must begin with getting more professionals with disabilities working in philanthropy. [continue reading…]

Webinar: “RespectAbility 2018 National Jewish Disability Inclusion Survey”

Featuring Special Guests Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, RespectAbility President and Meagan Buren, RespectAbility Pollster

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Our speakers were RespectAbility’s President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and its Pollster, Meaghan Buren. Mizrahi is a national leader in disability advocacy. Buren is a pollster who has led multiple national polls on a variety of topics, including disability and Jewish issues.

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Webinar: “Saving Lives: A Conversation about Suicide Prevention in the Jewish Community”

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This webinar featured RespectAbility Board Member Linda Burger, MSSW and her colleague, Laurie Morgan Silver, LCSW. Burger is a staunch leader in Houston’s Jewish community, where she is the CEO of Jewish Family Service Houston (JFSH). Silver, a psychotherapist, serves as a consultant with JFSH, where she supports suicide prevention and aftercare and other mental health programs.

Jewish Family Service Houston has developed a number of mental health initiatives to address suicide prevention and aftercare in its community. During this webinar, our leaders reviewed the statistical context as well as the purpose and status of the Mental Health Let’s Talk About It programs and services.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and/or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

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Webinar: How to Write Winning Op-eds on Jobs for People with Disabilities

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This webinar featured RespectAbility Board Member Eleanor Clift and Clarence Page. Clift is a legend in the world of journalism who was a mainstay of the syndicated talk show “The McLaughlin Group” and currently writes about politics and culture for the Daily Beast. Page is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. Clift and Page joined us to talk about how to persuasively write about disability issues, how to get your op-ed publish in your local paper and provide other great tips. [continue reading…]

Webinar: Advocating With Your Governor on Jobs for People with Disabilities

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This webinar shared key advocacy lessons about how to write persuasively, how to present public testimony and where to find key resources on jobs for people with disabilities.

Featuring:

Steve Bartlett, Chair of Board of Directors, RespectAbility / Former U.S. Representative and Former Mayor of Dallas, TX
Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy and Practices Director, RespectAbility

Webinar: “Spanish Resource Release: Planning for Success: Advocating for Your Child With A Disability.”

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This webinar coincided with the launch of RespectAbility’s Spanish Language Toolkit. During this webinar, the speakers discussed why resources in Spanish are needed urgently for the growing community of Latinx people with disabilities.

Dr. Victor Pineda, a senior advisor to RespectAbility who co-authored the resource, said: “Our goal is to help address the critical need of information, education and jobs for this historically marginalized population: Latinx people with disabilities.” Pineda is also President of World Enabled as well as the Global Alliance for Accessible Technology and Environments. He is a recognized leader in the inclusive urban development and human rights movements. Stephanie Farfan and Paola Vergara Acevedo co-authored this resource guide with Pineda. Farfan is a self-advocate who identifies as a little person and Vergara Acevedo contributed her critical experiences as the mother of a child with a disability.

This project was made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation, with additional support from the New York Women’s Foundation. [continue reading…]

WEBINAR: Debra Ruh’s Guide on Strategies and Branding Effort on Consumer with Disabilities

Did you know that according to Nielsen Research, consumers with disabilities represent a $1 billion market segment? 

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Ruh joined us to talk in great detail about her transformative new book Inclusion Branding. This new volume provides key insights to enable companies to:

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Inclusion Branding, written by Debra Ruh

  • Create strategies and branding efforts that include people with disability into the workforce and expand your customer base.
  • Share care studies and practical information on driving success through the principles of Profit, People, Purpose, and Planet

Ruh brings years of global experience to this session–she has worked with Fortune 100 companies and nations including Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and China. From her initial multi-million dollar firm, Debra was able to build Ruh Global Communication in 2013. This firm empowers people with disabilities through offering services in Global Diversity Inclusion Strategies, Digital Marketing, and Branding, to name a few. In 2016 Ms. Ruh was invited to address the United Nations General Assembly at the Conference of State Parties 9th session. Debra continues to be a champion for people with disabilities through her work in technology and accessibility in the workplace. In 2018, she was selected by the State Department to represent the United States abroad, on topics related to inclusion and disabilities.

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Disability Group Inks Deal with Hollywood Heavyweight

RespectAbility and Norman Lear Center Unite to Help Hollywood Include People with Disabilities

HH&S' Director Kate Folb in between RespectAbility's President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Communications Director Lauren Appelbaum, all standing and smiling, in front of a picture of Norman Lear

HH&S’ Director Kate Folb in between RespectAbility’s President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Communications Director Lauren Appelbaum

Los Angeles, Calif., April 18 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, announces a new partnership with Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a project of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. The partnership will help educate, inform and support the success of the movie/TV industry in its work to ensure that people with disabilities are included on both sides of the camera in the stories that Hollywood tells. HH&S provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for storylines on health, safety and national security. Like RespectAbility, HH&S recognizes the profound impact that entertainment media have on individual knowledge and behavior – ultimately impacting society and lives at large.

“We’re delighted to be working with RespectAbility to help inform and inspire the frequency and accuracy of portrayals of people with disabilities in TV and film,” said Kate Folb, the director of HH&S.

HH&S offers several resources, including quick facts, briefings and consultations with experts, case examples, panel discussions about timely health issues, a quarterly newsletter with health updates called Real to Reel and an expanding list of tip sheets written specifically for writers and producers. The broad range of topics includes disability-specific topics autism and mental health. Some of the TV shows they have assisted include The Fosters, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is the New Black, Speechless, Switched at Birth and many more.

The creation of this partnership would not have been possible without the financial support of The California Endowment. “Visibility and representation matters,” said Jose L. Plaza, who manages the grant for The California Endowment. “We know that accurate and positive portrayals of diverse people with disabilities will not only empower and educate viewers and program creators but will ultimately lead to a more inclusive, responsive and healthier society.”

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